Spring 2013 marked the launch of a brand new program for students planning for a career in the health professions: The Honors Program in the Health Professions, or (HP)2, is an exciting joint venture between the Honors College and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, bridging the cultures of science to those of the liberal arts.
Students participating in the program will gain perspective on the diversity of opportunities available within the health professions and on what it takes to be a good candidate for professional school—and ultimately in becoming a better kind of practitioner. Medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, or the dozens of other fields our students aspire to be part of will have a voice in (HP)2, and students will meet many different kinds of professionals as they visit us to give talks or to guest lecture in the new classes being developed specifically for the program. Students are also expeceted to meet practicing health professionals through internship, research, and other planned clinical opportunities.
The program is open to all Honors College students who are interested in the Health Professions. Membership is required for students in special programs such as the new BS/MD collaboration with regional medical schools and the Houston Premedical Academy. In addition, students in the new Honors Biomedical Science major will automatically be part of (HP)2. The Medicine & Society Program will become part of the new program, as the goal that inspired the minor—guiding a generation of empathic, broadly-educated, and compassionate health professionals—is also central to the mission of (HP)2.